Local students elected to Girls State offices

Published 3:24 pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

Two local students who participated in the 13th Alabama Girls State at Troy University won leadership positions at this year’s event.

Participants are divided into cities and counties and elect local officials. The 2012 Girls State delegates chose leaders for 11 municipalities, and two leaders were from Chilton County.

Heather Posey of Jemison, a student at Isabella High School, was elected environmental engineer for the City of Cahaba.

Kandice Cleckler of Thorsby, a student at Chilton County High School, was elected police chief for the City of Camellia.

Offices are mayor, chief of police, environmental engineer, parks and recreation commissioner and revenue commissioner.

The cities are given names that are linked to famous people or places in Alabama history, such as Keller, Tutwiler or Bellingrath.

Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Girls State uses a mock legislature format to teach young women about civics and citizenship.

Participants serve as senators and representatives, debating bills and proposing solutions to problems facing elected officials.

The delegates will also travel to the Alabama Capitol, meet with Gov. Robert Bentley and conduct one of the assembly’s legislative sessions in the House and Senate chambers.

Girls State elected officials will also meet with their state office counterparts.